Use this handy guide (click to enlarge) for spotting the different Bauhinia trees most common in Hong Kong. Flowering period is a big giveaway with ‘purpurea’ stopping flowering just as ‘variegata’ starts. But notice that Bauhinia blakeana flowers the longest, from October to April – an incredible 6 months! That’s partly because of it being … [Read more…]
In our ongoing mission for citizen engagement, we’ve made a cute little video to tell people about #BauhiniaWatch. Bauhinia Watch is the part of this Bauhinia Genome science project that truly anyone can get involved with – that means you! An important part of science is to know about what’s happening outside of the lab… … [Read more…]
Since we launched a couple of weeks ago, we’ve had quite a lot of interest in this Bauhinia Genome project. The SCMP put us on their front cover (see pic above) and ran a great article that described our project and the historical mystery around Bauhinia blakeana and its discovery on a Hong Kong hillside … [Read more…]
We’ve just finished our official crowd-funding video with an all-star cast and with backing music – oh yes. Filmed on location at BGI in Tai Po Industrial Estate and at Chinese University Hong Kong it not only displays one of our local Bauhinia blakeana (on the roadside outside BGI) but you can also see the … [Read more…]
We are crowdfunding the Bauhinia genomes (3 species!) on Indiegogo and the project page launched yesterday! This ‘soft launch’ took place at BGI’s annual International Conference on Genomics (ICG10) that is currently taking place in Shenzhen during a special session on community science projects hosted by Scott Edmunds. Please do go and check out the … [Read more…]
Rob Davidson briefly explains the rationale behind the Bauhinia Genome project.